Preventative measures are needed to ensure that the equipment is running at its best. Measure like daily inspection would help you spot any wear and tear from your production machines like overhead cranes.
Your EOT crane company usually provides a list of things that you need to check with regards to your crane. But it is not bad to have your own list just in case:
- Overall equipment condition
Your crane operator is the one responsible on checking the condition of the crane on a daily basis and should be the one to do the daily checking to record the condition of the equipment for cross checking references. This activity is important, especially if the equipment is running for 24 hours. Operators on each shift should have proper records of the equipment condition. To start with, they need to check the overall condition of the equipment. Is there any broken or damage parts on the main parts? Is the power source secure? How was the equipment functioning during their shift? They should take note of any suspicious conditions that would merit checking.
Once they are done with the preliminary overall check, they can go into details and specifics. For one, they need to check the powered system if it is working properly. They can also do a pre-work check so they can spot if there are any damages needed attention even before the work starts. Does the hoist hook rises when the button is in the upward position? Is the upper limit switch functioning correctly? Are all the buttons functioning properly and moving the hoist in the right direction?
- Power source
After checking the powered system, you need to check the power source. EOT cranes, especially the electric one, need ample supply of electricity to run smoothly. The operator need to check if there are any problems with the electric cables and has there been any problems with regards to the flow of electricity to the equipment.
- Hooks, wire rope and loading chains
These crane parts are quite essential when loading and transferring payloads. Make a thorough inspection of the wires of there is anything broken needed for fixing. Check the diameter as well. Thinning wires is a sign or wear and tear. For the loading chain, be sure to spot if there are any cracks, nicks or distortion. The operator should reports any corrosion for immediate repair plan.